7.02.2015

Back At It // Tinder Thoughts


Being back in Utah has many benefits. I love living near so many friends, again. I've already seen Lauren almost every day (so good). Plus, the scenery doesn't get too much better than these Utah mountains and sunsets. I love spending my evenings on my balcony, working on my blog and watching the sun go down. There's also the dating pool, which is much larger here than it was in my previous location...

I decided to jump back on the Tinder-wagon and I'm already wondering how wise of a decision it was. It's a very disconcerting app. To know that someone could swipe forever, knowing that there's always the possibility for "someone better", never being satisfied with one person, judging someone based on a few facts and some tacky bathroom selfies. Personally, I have a big problem with it because I know that reality is never the same as what you build up in your mind and see on a screen. Whether it's better or worse is subjective, but it's never the same. Tinder meetings are typically met with disappointment when the reality doesn't live up to the fantasy- usually felt from both parties.

But then you can't argue the sheer convenience of the app. To have so many "new friends" right at your fingertips. While I am not the apps biggest fan, I know that there are many success stories for friendship. And since I am "new" in town, that's what I need. I'm not very good at making friends in large, social situations. So for me, Tinder has possibilities to help me ease into a new group of friends (who aren't married. I have lots of friends who are). However, from past experience, I have only made one lasting friend from the app... So when weighed against all of my "matches", Tinder isn't doing so hot.

Have you or has someone you know tried Tinder? I obviously am not someone who uses the app to "hook-up", so I can't speak for those who do (it sounds terrible to me).

shirt- anthropologie
shorts- old navy
shoes- sven clogs
watch- c/o daniel wellington
bag- c/o fawn designs
necklace- c/o the land of salt

As for this outfit, it is what I have been wearing all summer. This shirt by Cloth & Stone is my favorite! If you've never tried one of their chambray shirts, then you must. They make the very best Chambray shirts.

6.30.2015

Red, White, and Blue All Over


Well, hello again. In case you were wondering, moving across the country will make you a bad blogger. If it doesn't, then you possess powers that I could only dream of. During my move I had zero energy to blog or even take outfit photos. That was the last thing I wanted to do. You understand. But I made it safely to Utah and now I have all the blog outfit picture help I could want!

This outfit is something I'll likely be wearing for Independence Day, this weekend. Is there a more American Summer look than a white tshirt and distressed shorts? I don't think so. Throw on a peace sign necklace and you're good to go! I added some red and blue accessories to make it very Fourth of July appropriate.

shirt- zara
shorts- old navy
shoes- target
earrings- c/o tiffany's
sunglasses- the paper source
necklace- c/o old navy

Do you have any fun plans for this weekend (whether you're celebrating the 4th or not)?

6.29.2015

Palmyra // Pt. 7


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Right after the Boston Marathon was over, we loaded up the cars and headed North West to Palmyra, New York. Palmyra is where The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was restored and has many significant and historic sites for it's members. I had never been and was excited to visit.

We started the next day off with a trip to Hill Cumorah. I wish it had been warmer, but it was still so beautiful and peaceful. Next we headed to the Smith family farm and home. It was incredible to be inside the home of a prophet and to think on all that had happened there. Just behind the farm is Sacred Grove, where the boy Joseph knelt in prayer to ask God which church to join. This is where the restoration of The Church all began and The Spirit was strong here.

To be continued... (one more post!)

6.15.2015

Boston // Pt. 6


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The evening before the Boston Marathon, my family decided to stay in and relax so that the guys would be ready. But I was in Boston... For the first and maybe only time. Since I had my own car on this road trip, I decided to contact one of my first ever blogger friends- Janee, so we could hang out. I met her at her home then we took the trolley to the center of the city. We walked around and explored, which is what I do best!

The architecture in Boston is breathtaking. This city has a very European feel to it that I enjoyed, immensely! We wandered into a local church, took pictures of all the buildings, walked a lot, and then found a place for dinner where I ate the most delicious burger (if you visit Boston, get the burger at The Met Back Bay). Then she took me to the best cupcakery in town, Sweet Cupcakes, where I picked up enough cupcakes for my entire crew. Including a couple special Boston Marathon cupcakes! We stayed out until all of the shops had closed, then I headed back to the hotel.

I love how I can visit almost any city and know someone that lives there, because of blogging. It makes trips more personal and they can show me around from a local perspective. Blogging has opened up a lot of amazing doors, with the friendships I've made being the greatest.

I had such a great time exploring Boston with Janee! Have you ever met up with a blogger friend while on vacation?

To be continued...

6.12.2015

A Drink For Your Skin


Summer is here! I used to say that Fall was my favorite season... But recently, I think it has shifted to Summer. I love the opportunities that Summer provides and am looking forward to all of my adventures that are coming! But with Summer comes the need for sun protection. Now, I have a belief that there are greater, more natural ways to protect yourself from the damaging rays of the sun. But that is another topic for another blog post. However, sometimes we just get a little too much sun. When that happens, I reach for my Imbibe Tonic- Healing Skin Toner.

The Tonic from Imbibe delivers a refreshing mist of healing and natural ingredients like dandelion, juniper berry, and aloe vera. I recently spent a weekend at the beach and got a little too much sun for my winter-skin. I ended up with a slight sunburn along my hairline and swimsuit lines. I simply sprayed this on, every day, and not only did I not peel, but my healing time seemed to be shortened, significantly.

Imbibe's Tonic is not only for after-sun use. It also freshens skin, refines skin texture, heals lesions, breakouts, and skin discoloration, and moisturizes sensitive skin. I usually use this once per day, but it's excellent to spray on throughout the day for some added moisture; it's like a drink for your skin. You can even spray it over the top of your mineral foundation for a healthy glow. At a price of only $26 per bottle, this is a product that needs to be in every medicine cabinet

Do you have any fun in the sun plans? Be sure to grab a bottle of the Imbibe Tonic!
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